The Friends & Members of 750 Words

750 Words exists because of mutual good will between the people that run this site (Buster & Kellianne) and the people who use it (you). The site wouldn't exist without the generosity, patience, and humor of everyone involved. For the first 3+ years that the site was running (Dec 2009 to May 2013), the site was free to use but with some encouragement to donate. That served us well (and most importantly, generated enough income to keep the site up), but as the site grew the need for support also grew.

On June 12th 2013, all existing users of the site were given lifetime free accounts (we hope you'll continue to donate when you can). New accounts created after June 12th, 2013 are now required to become members within 30 days after signing up in order to keep writing. Everyone will always have access to previous writings, stats, etc, even if they choose not to become members.

We're listening to your feedback and want to make sure that first and foremost, we offer a friendly and safe place for people to dump their private thoughts. I expect that we'll continue to adjust the way this all works for the near term. Thanks for being an awesome community!

Who runs this site?

Our names are Buster and Kellianne, we live in Berkeley, California with our son Niko, and this is something we've built and run in our spare time.

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Notes of inspiration from members

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Average Word Length

It would calculate the average word length for the current days entry, and would be seen on the stats page. An average word length for all the writer’s entries (combined) would be nice too.

New Feature Request Note from Louise Pearcy on Sun, Aug 08
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More badges for accomplishments

I’d love the dates to show the latest date, not the first date that I earned each badge. And have somewhere that can be covered with ALL the badges. :-) Fabulous site – I love it here.

New Feature Vote from Adelheid Singer on Sat, Aug 07
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I did not think I would be disciplined enough to get very far with this. Now I have to feed this albatross…I appreciate that.

Testimonial Note from Steve Ellis on Sat, Aug 07
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Went looking to see if my Albatross had arrived, and found a Hamster as well… thanks, Buster! (32 day streak, still loving the site)

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Sat, Aug 07
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More badges for accomplishments

I’ve hit the doldrums and need a push and while the goal of making it a whole year is a good one it seems REALLY far off at the moment. An incremental goal with a fun little badge attached to its attainment would be SO AWESOME and greatly appreciated!
Thank you!

New Feature Vote from Pamela Dulaney on Fri, Aug 06
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Writing about mundane things has always scared me. It takes too long, goes nowhere, and usually comes with this guilt, telling me that I should be thinking about bigger things, more ‘important’ things, instead of wallowing in thoughts about riding the subway. So my approach to writing gradually moved towards ‘only write about consequential things,’ which doesn’t amount to much at the end of the day on most days. 750words kickstarted that raw, unfiltered journaling again, and in the process helped brush up my skills. I end up writing much more, much sharper – and the guilt is gone because I’m writing with a time limit in mind, try to limit my backspacing, and am effectively learning to train the flow of freewriting. (not to mention I’m pretty obsessed with the badges!)

Testimonial Note from Grace Liew on Fri, Aug 06
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I am so excited that I’ve got the flock badge and the phoenix badge, now!

Double Down on Charity Note from Rachel Juarez-Carr on Thu, Aug 05
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More badges for accomplishments

I think badges are a clever way of summing up for how long someone has been writing. Perhaps there could be more badges for word count?

New Feature Vote from Magenta Macleod on Thu, Aug 05
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750words is quickly becoming my favorite morning ritual. After writing I feel happy and energized. Having a solid goal to achieve also helps my focus. My writing skills benefit from daily use as well, and I feel more confident working on my other projects.

Testimonial Note from Magenta Macleod on Thu, Aug 05
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Saturday I messed up. Didn’t get on line all day and didn’t write my 750 words. Agh! Can’t believe I bombed out on the last day of JULY. Working now to start over with August and here’s to September. (Got to build towards that Phoenix!)

One Month Challenge Bounty from Anonymous on Wed, Aug 04
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Searchable Users

Allow users of the site to search for other users by name (or by e-mail, etc.). Currently, to follow someone requires browsing slowly through pages of daily lists. Can we have a simple search to find friends we want to follow?

New Feature Request Note from Jeremy Ford on Wed, Aug 04
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Congrats! Enjoy! Yummmmilicious!

One Month Challenge Bounty from Julie Jordan Scott on Wed, Aug 04
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More badges for accomplishments

and prompt posting of the badges that have been earned. Am I the only one whose badges haven’t been delivered?

New Feature Vote from Julie Jordan Scott on Wed, Aug 04
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This site has just been so great. I’ve been able to plot out story ideas, rant about things I could never say on my personal blog and just get all the worries out of my head. I really believe that writing 750 words a day has helped out my writing SO much that the next time that NaNoWriMo comes around, I’ll be able to knock it out of the park a lot easier than I did last time!
I value this site so much for giving me a safe space to clear my head. I love that I can just get all my thoughts out there and then be done with them if I choose, or go back and look through them if I want. This site really is indispensable!!!

Testimonial Note from Kristina Wells on Tue, Aug 03
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More text analysis

Text analysis for the French language.

New Feature Vote from David Allouche on Tue, Aug 03
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About a year ago I was doing Morning Pages regularly and got really into it. Things happened and the writing went by the wayside. Once I found this site, I thought I’d try it and now I’m hooked on daily writing again! And I would like to commend you, Buster, for having such wonderful insight into the human psyche, because having something to work toward really helps. We all want our gold star for doing well and with this site, we get it! So thank you!

Testimonial Note from Anonymous on Tue, Aug 03
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750 words has done so much, it’s helped me think about everything that’s going on, plot everything from stories to my finances, get rants out of my system, and generally just have a hell of a lot of fun. Love it <3

Testimonial Note from Amy Lawn on Mon, Aug 02
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Just wanted to say thank you for such an inspired site. I’ve always loved the idea of morning pages, but while I found them helpful, I loathed every minute of having to write long hand.

This site is such a simple idea, but so very helpful and beautifully implemented. I’ve just finished my first month’s challenge – a mix of general waffle about my day, story ideas and mentally working through problems in my life. Writing my 750 words is now one of my favourite parts of my day.

Thank you.

Testimonial Note from Georgina Allen on Mon, Aug 02
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Double Down on Charity Note from Mary Stepanek on Sun, Aug 01
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More badges for accomplishments
New Feature Vote from Mary Stepanek on Sun, Aug 01
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750 Words single handedly all but saved my writing habits. I had gotten out of the habit of writing every day (outside of November, for NaNoWriMo), and my writing career had come skidding to a halt until a friend of mine recommended the site, and now I’m probably two thirds of the way through my next novel and writing at a pace that I never would have achieved without 750 Words. It’s been a lifesaver, it really has.

Testimonial Note from Mary Stepanek on Sun, Aug 01
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One Month Challenge Bounty from Anonymous on Sun, Aug 01
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I’d like to make a confession. I missed the midnight deadline. So… I reset my timezone to the mid Atlantic.

I realize this is not on. And I’m really sorry. I hope this charity note makes up for it. Please don’t make me move to the mid Atlantic. I just couldn’t face failing another monthly challenge on the very first day!

Double Down on Charity Note from Allan C. Lloyds on Sun, Aug 01
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I completed my first One Month Challenge in July, and hope to complete a second in August, and a third in September and so on… I would urge everyone to try their absolute best to complete at least one One Month Challenge, because the sense of achievement at the end is great! I’m on a 38 day streak at the time of writing, too, and really looking forward to getting my Phoenix badge come day 100. This is the first time in my life I’ve written every day for more than a month (thank you, NaNoWriMo, a challenge everyone should have a go at too!) and it feels really great to have done that.

One Month Challenge Bounty from Sophie on Sun, Aug 01
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This site is truly awesome. It keeps me writing (almost) everyday and by writing everyday, I’ve started a creative writing blog. Thanks Buster for the inspiration…

Testimonial Note from JM Hart on Sun, Aug 01
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More text analysis
New Feature Vote from Dan on Sun, Aug 01
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750 words has given me the outlet to write out my thoughts, do writing exercises in books I’ve been reading and to get into the habit of writing each day. Thanks!

Testimonial Note from Dan on Sun, Aug 01
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adjustable word goal

In customization, there could be a secondary word goal following the 750 set up, so writers could try for reaching more words than 750 (especially, say for the month of November during NaNoWriMo), with a badge for doing that for a month as a possible feature?

New Feature Request Note from Sarah Kamal on Sun, Aug 01
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FANTASTIC – my third try and I’ve gotten through the monthly challenge, even as I take care of my little toddler and work through a dissertation. I’ve always had a journalling habit, but it ported itself across many analogue and digital media until 750words made it easy to plonk everything down quickly online every day. Now I feel I have earned the right to go visit my father for a two week trip, putting my writing aside…and I am doubly encouraged to monthly challenge again, but this time with the prize of ferociously mocking Zhan Li, who introduced me to 750words, if I make it. Sweet victory will be mine…

Testimonial Note from Sarah Kamal on Sun, Aug 01
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Double Down on Charity Note from Michael Busuttil on Sun, Aug 01